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Old July 24, 2011, 06:46 PM   #1
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Best 9mm 1911 under $700

My girl keeps asking me to get a 1911 in 9mm for her. I know it's sacrilegious for many here, myself included to some degree, but let's put that aside for this conversation.

Here are my criteria:
-Skeleton hammer
-Novak type sights
-I would prefer a non-ambi safety but it's not a deal breaker...
-I'd prefer non-blued (either a melonite-type or stainless) finish but if I have to go with blued I'll bite.
-Very reliable out of the box
-Steel frame
-Under $700

Let me know what you think gents. Thanks.
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Old July 24, 2011, 07:00 PM   #2
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I do not have an STI spartan but from what i hear on the net, it is the best <700 ($650) 1911 9mm (blue finish).
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Old July 24, 2011, 07:01 PM   #3
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Your probably looking at a used gun with those specs in that price range.
Springfield's:
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...ducts_id/43761
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...ducts_id/43760

Other than a Colt your not going to see blued finish.It's going to be a painted finish or Parkerized if you can't find stainless.
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Old July 24, 2011, 07:15 PM   #4
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I found a LNIB one for my wife at my LGS. SA Loaded 9mm Stainless. It was definitely a bargain and helped to be a very regular customer.
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Old July 24, 2011, 07:29 PM   #5
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Here are my criteria:
-Skeleton hammer
-Novak type sights
-I would prefer a non-ambi safety but it's not a deal breaker...
-I'd prefer non-blued (either a melonite-type or stainless) finish but if I have to go with blued I'll bite.
-Very reliable out of the box
-Steel frame
-Under $700
Uh... Can you say: "Ruger SC1911"? That is the one that fits all your criteria...exactly. Especially, "-Very reliable out of the box ".

Correction: I did not see the referance to "9MM", sorry.

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Old July 24, 2011, 07:45 PM   #6
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But the Ruger isn't 9MM
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Old July 24, 2011, 08:25 PM   #7
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Yet! I hope.
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Old July 25, 2011, 10:51 AM   #8
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I was thinking about the RIA tactical 9mm. I have the 45 and it has been a great gun for the $. I'll have to go check out the Springfield's... Thanks for the suggestions so far.
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Old July 25, 2011, 11:37 AM   #9
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I like my S&W model 3913. 9 mm., totally dependable, not that hard to find on the used market. (Gunbroker has one currently for around $450.) Of course, it's always possible you might find a used Browning HP - I did - in your price range. If so, this would be a great acquisition. Good luck in your search.
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Old July 25, 2011, 12:00 PM   #10
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Checkout the taurus. A fellow club member had one and he was happy with it.
Item # 1-191101-9
MSRP: $712.00
BRAND: Taurus # OF MAGS: 2 Magazines with Bumper Pad
MODEL: PT-1911 SAFETY: Taurus Patented Security Sys, Ambi Safety
TYPE: Semi-Automatic Pistol SIGHTS: 3 Dot Fixed Sights
CALIBER: 9MM BARREL LENGTH: 5"
FINISH: Blue OVERALL LENGTH: 8.5"
ACTION: Single Action WEIGHT: 32 oz
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Old July 25, 2011, 12:08 PM   #11
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Well first of all "best" is a relative term when you give a price range. A Hi-Point C9 is probably the "best" 9mm pistol you're going to get for 110 bucks - but what does that mean really?

I never thought I'd say this but for 700 or so clams the Taurus has to be right there... I sort of think of it as the new Star 9mm, but maybe not as good of quality as the old Star...
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Old July 25, 2011, 12:12 PM   #12
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At that price point NIB the STI Spartan is the way to go. IMHO The only part which does not match up to your wish list is the sights. Shiould be OTD under $650 to $700 depending on your LGS transfer fee.

The STI SPARTAN is
  • All Steel
  • Single Sided safety
  • Parkerized which is tough as nails.
  • Skeleton Hammer

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Old July 25, 2011, 12:13 PM   #13
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Old July 25, 2011, 12:25 PM   #14
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Colts in 9mm with those specs are few and far between. If you find one you will pay more than $700.
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Old July 25, 2011, 01:47 PM   #15
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I love her, that's why I got her a Glock 19 for her first gun . Lucky for her I love Glocks and 1911s! She has shot all of my 1911s and loves the feel but wants a little less recoil.
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Old July 25, 2011, 02:21 PM   #16
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For what you are looking for I would say the Rock Island Tactical. Mine has been great, probably the best pistol for the money a person can find.
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Old July 25, 2011, 05:47 PM   #17
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Its not a 1911, but...

you might want to check out the S&W 639 or 3906. Both are based off of 1911, sort of. Its a single stacked that will hold 8-9 rounds, is DA/SA with decocker safety, it doesn't have a skeleton hammer so I'm not sure if that's deal breaker or not, both have adjustable sights however the standard setup for the 3906 was the Novak sight. Now for the bad news, S&W doesn't make this any more except for the really expensive version that doesn't fit the price. However if you check around they can be had for around 500.00. Also as Thespis put it the Browning High Power could fit this also. Both the 1911 and High Power were destined John M Browning and even though its a double stack the bulge is not that bad coming from someone who has smallish hands, but again its her gun. Good luck
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Old July 25, 2011, 07:57 PM   #18
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Nero45 said:
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you might want to check out the S&W 639 or 3906. Both are based off of 1911, sort of.
I did not know that.
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Old July 25, 2011, 08:16 PM   #19
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Both the 1911 and High Power were build by Browning and eventhough its a double stack the bulge is not that bad coming from someone who has smalish hands, but again its her gun
Browning Arms never built a Hi-Power or a 1911.Everything with the Browning name is outsourced.
Colt built the original 1911's except during both World Wars.After patents expired is when you seen Kimber's,Springfield's and others.
FN built the Hi Power in Belguim originally with some clones built by other companies.
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Old July 25, 2011, 09:02 PM   #20
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Quote:
you might want to check out the S&W 639 or 3906. Both are based off of 1911, sort of.
There's so much wrong with this statement.
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Old July 25, 2011, 09:47 PM   #21
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Taurus, 1911 in 9mm.

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Old July 25, 2011, 10:13 PM   #22
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Man, that taurus price buds is tempting but the taurus reputation is scary.
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Old July 26, 2011, 06:49 AM   #23
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I've never owned one so I can't speak to its quality but the only gun that meets all your requirements is the Stainless Taurus PT1911 9mm.



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Old July 26, 2011, 07:15 AM   #24
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Old July 26, 2011, 08:46 AM   #25
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Decisions decisions... I have a STI and Taurus 1911 in .45 and both are great guns. Now with the comments and my research, I'm debating on getting one of the guns I already have but in 9mm or to get something 'new' to me (even though it's not for me...) and going with the Rock Island. I'll probably pull the trigger next month. Keep the comments going though guys, the decision isn't made yet.
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